This weekend we saw Buffleheads and Golden Eyes at Independence Grove… We really enjoy the Fall migrations.
Here is a liturgy for the first candle: Today we light the first candle of the Advent wreath. This is the candle of HOPE. With Christians around the world, we use this light to help us prepare our hearts and […]
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; […]
Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain
The first section of chp 7 in Kathleen Norris’ Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life is relentlessly profound. Today I want to clip a few lines of hers about human nature and apathy (acedia) and ask […]
Since I was a high schooler I’ve been bugged by what is commonly called “pick and choose” when it comes to the Bible. 30 years later convinces me that (1) we all do this and (2) we need to talk […]
A few years ago I discovered the ruled Moleskine: Moleskine Ruled Notebook Large and Moleskine Ruled Notebook Pocket . They have a cool elastic string that keeps it closed and a fantastic pocket at the back for storage. For two […]
We have just heard that Laura’s surgery went well … we are thankful and she likely will be coming home this morning. ?Thank you for your prayers.
It is Thanksgiving in the USA, a day we set aside to be with family and to give thanks to God for our blessings. We are thankful for health and provisions … and we are deeply aware that our country […]
I wrote on this blog long ago that I was going to try using Chris Wright’s The Mission of God in my Introduction to the Bible class this semester; it’s a bit hefty for first-year students but this letter confirms […]
Here we go. Romans 1:16-17: 16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness […]
Our daughter, Laura, will have hurried surgery on her lower back tonight … a disc-ectomy … to relieve pressure on lower back nerves. We ask your prayers.
Research from a number of angles says the same thing: 20 somethings are not attending church. There is nothing less than a crisis in the church, a crisis that is far greater than most church folk know about and care […]
This blog post, written by Soong-Chan Rah, professor at North Park Theological Seminary, comes on the heels of one of the most significant elections in American history – the election of an African-American to the highest office in our nation. […]
We now turn to Romans in looking at what “gospel” means — and one thing ought to be clear by now. This word is not very often defined. We get things like the gospel “of the kingdom” and the gospel […]
This post is from our scientist friend, RJS. She often blogs about science subjects here at Jesus Creed. I (RJS) have been accused on occasion, on this blog as a matter of fact, of arrogance for dismissing the young earth […]
Anne Rice’s vampire novels have sold 100 million copies. She now writes, as she tells us so candidly in her memoir of conversion, Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession , solely for God. This is our second post on […]
Paul discusses in several places in 2 Cor 8–11 matters pertaining to supporting gospel work, gospeling itself, and striving for expanding the opportunities to gospel:
Anne Rice’s vampire novels have sold 100 million copies. She now writes, as she tells us so candidly in her memoir of conversion, Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession , solely for God. Her story is an old genre: […]
As a college student I got to spend a few weeks in Romford England. I was part of a group of young missionary students and our leader taught us how to do street evangelism. His point was simple: You’ve got […]
Gospeling involves a gospeler, but the gospeler is not the gospel. In fact, the contrast between the gospel and the gospeler serves to highlight the power of God. Notice 2 Cor 4:1-7:
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well?beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed […]
Imagine how big that New York City tree must be in Texas!
If you do and you have heard about “aspect” or “aspect theory” or “verbal aspect” and you wonder what in the world is going on, I urge you to read this book: Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek. If […]
Dear Jesus Creed Readers, Last week at Beliefnet we implemented a small change to our blog commenting system – you now have to confirm that you are a real person, and not a spammer, by typing in a few characters […]
The desert monks committed huge portions of Scripture to memory, not only putting us moderns to shame but also reminding us of the potency of a simple life. One reason for putting so much Scripture to memory was to learn […]
Prayer is not only hard for most Christians, it is discouraging to be reminded of the importance of prayer. Sometimes it is a scolding preacher and other times nothing more than the word of someone who seems so good at […]
CHICAGO – Bears football practice was delayed nearly two hours this morning after a player reported finding an unknown, white powdery substance on the practice field. Head coach Lovie Smith immediately suspended practice while police and federal agents were called […]
How do you define spirituality? In Evan Howard’s new book, Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality, The (Brazos Introduction), we get an opening chp that is devoted to this discussion. Here are his central claims:
We are committed to fighting racism on the Jesus Creed blog, and that means reviewing the best books available today about racism. This series deals with the subject of how Christian theology has been gripped by racism … and we […]
We arrive today at one of the most widely-cited texts on the meaning of the word “gospel” — to 1 Corinthians 15:1-8: 1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and […]
I was recently asked what my top five books on Christian ethics would be … well, without parameters I thought I’d give five that span the spectrum. A good anabaptist approach, written for an upper level college student, graduate student […]
This is my response to our friend whose letter we posted Monday. Instead of making it a direct letter to him, I’m responding to the folks who are upset about what he has done … Dear Alarmed Evangelicals, First, your […]
If you are working at crossing ethnic lines, or if you are frustrated with stereotypes, Eric Bryant’s new book, Peppermint-Filled Pi?atas: Breaking Through Tolerance and Embracing Love, is a book I highly recommend. And especially if you work with youth […]
We are looking at the meaning of “gospel” in 1 Corinthians. What does Paul mean by the word “gospel”? If we want to be faithful to the Story of the Bible it means being faithful to the whole Story of […]
Here’s our grandson dressed in a sports jersey. Which team? Do you know?
I was listening recently to a recording of a public conversation between two Old Testament scholars, Dr. Peter Enns and Dr. Stephen Chapman, held at Duke and advertised as Is the Bible Ever Wrong? It is a fascinating conversation – well […]
There is no reason here to get involved in all the discussions that linguists and translation theorists get into today. Here are some thoughts we need to consider when we talk about why there are a variety of translations. Again, […]
In our series on the meaning of the word “gospel” we are now looking at how Paul uses this great term in his letters to the Christians in Corinth. Today we look at 1 Corinthians 4:14-17: 14 I am not writing […]
Larry Hurtado, Professor of New Testament at Edinburgh University in Scotland, will give the 8th Annual Kermit Zarley Lectures at North Park University this Wednesday and Thursday. Both lectures are open to the public and will begin at 3:30pm. The […]
Here’s a letter I’m using with permission and Wednesday I’ll give my reflections. Have you seen this? Have you seen it the other way, too, with a person getting in trouble for being too conservative? Scot, Let me first […]
I got a request from an e-mailer to blog on translations. This is the first one of such posts. There are a number of good translations available, and there are advocates for each one, and they use a variety of […]
We are doing a series on the meaning of “gospel” — with a view to defining the term gospel in a way that is faithful to the early Christian faith. Today we begin looking at how the term “gospel” and […]
It appears I will have to open up the offer to my class: whenever the Bears win next, and it may not happen, I will buy donuts for the class.
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, […]
I brew coffee at home and at the office, and at home I use a Rancilio Silvia and at school I use an AeroPress Coffee and Espresso . The most recent coffee at home is a fine cup Rwandan coffee: […]
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go…
We are praying for the folks in Santa Barbara.
On Fridays at the Jesus Creed blog we converse about a book that helps us form friendships, and we are now reading through Kathleen Norris, Acedia & Me: Marriage, Monks and the Writer’s Life. This is a book that paints […]
Many evangelical Christians emphasize what is called the doctrine of assurance, the conviction that one is saved and destined/elected for eternal blessedness. But, what happens to the person who, once fully assured and confident and joyous, discovers that assurance has […]
A letter about advent resources. What are your suggestions? Hi Scot, I’ve been taken in a big way by the return of the spiritual practices / ancient way. I’m particularly interested as we approach Advent how I, as a member of […]
I’m proud to be an evangelical. I think we do many things well. Some will roll their eyes with those first two statements. Why? Criticizing evangelicalism is fashionable and evangelicals have joined the fashion, sometimes with apocalyptic fervor. I wonder […]
I’ve never been a fan of studies of the seven deadly sins. I did purchase the New York Public Library series since it had two of my favorite authors, Phyllis Tickle and Joseph Epstein. Recently I got a book in […]
How does Paul understand the “gospel”? We’ve looked at Galatians, where we saw an emphasis on the gospel declaring the inclusion of Gentiles by faith in Christ into the People of God. (Paul says more than this, but this was […]
… when it comes to wearing blue jeans. One year ago Kris forced a pair of blue jeans on me: “Let’s go get something for you that you don’t want but something you need” sort of claim. So, I went […]
The other day I was at O’Hare airport sitting at my gate sipping away on a decent cup of coffee when I noticed a pastor I met at a conference a year or so. I was jotting down some notes […]
We’ve been doing a series on racism and how it has infected our theological beliefs. I’ve asked some colleagues both from North Park and a friend at Wheaton to join me in this series, but today’s post is one of […]
What do we mean by “gospel”? This question shapes the current Bible we are discussing on the Jesus Creed blog. We are not offering (right now) a definitive answer but looking at all the major passages and sketching observations. These […]
How many of us have prayed a prayer like this one? My dear ones, O God, bless Thou and keep, in every place where they are.
On the Jesus Creed we have been engaged in a brief discussion of original sin using Henri Blocher’s book Original Sin: Illuminating the Riddle (New Studies in Biblical Theology) as a guide. This series is part of an ongoing attempt to wrestle […]
Saturday afternoon, about 3pm, Kris and I were sitting in the front row at North Point Church in Atlanta. I was mulling over what I was about to say when I realized that Bill Willits, a leader at North Point, […]
What does the word “gospel” mean in the New Testament? My experience with good Christian folks reveals they think of the gospel in very simplistic terms. Simple is not bad. My experience also shows that many don’t think of the […]
I get an e-mail, it’s from MSN Featured something and it says something like this and I don’t have their words: “If you don’t want our regular notices then please click ‘unsubscribe’.” They were kind enough to think of me, […]
How do we apply the Bible to situations of divorce? A pastor recently asked me about this. I’m interested in your response. This is one of the most common subjects I get asked about by my students at North Park. […]
Many of you have asked about the new network I will be part of with Dan Kimball. We are still forming the “creative” team so it isn’t even complete yet, but there is a website up that is our first […]
The apostle Paul had a major toe-to-toe with Peter in Antioch, a city north of the Land of Israel. Here is the passage and it reveals Paul’s gospel:
I promised my Jesus of Nazareth class that I’d buy donuts for the class if the Bears beat the Tennessee Titans today. Go Bears!
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he […]
The good folks at YS invited me to their PIttsburgh NYWC and gave me two seminars to teach: one on how to shape the gospel and a second one about The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible . […]
The Obama Family … our prayers are with them:
For some, the essence of the Christian life is the practice of spiritual disciplines. It’s a kind of machine-like approach to the Christian life: get your life enmeshed in the disciplines and spirituality will be the product. I exaggerate. But […]
We had a post last week on [evo] coffee. It drew a very interesting letter that deserves public, civil conversation. The letter is below. What do you think? Should we buy fair trade coffee as a form of justice?
To say that we Christians have the “gospel” is to say we have “good news that resolves the bad news.” So, we ask, What is the problem to which the gospel speaks this good news? What is it that Christianity […]
I don’t know why I like Donald Brake’s wondrous new book, Visual History of the English Bible, A: The Tumultuous Tale of the World’s Bestselling Book , the most: Is it because of the rich photography? the story the book […]
The apostle Paul gets pushed around a bit by many who aren’t willing to read him carefully. Paul stood in the line of thinkers in the Bible who might be called “liberation gospelers.” We have to think of Moses and […]
I’ll put it this way. We’ve not purchased a set of kitchen knives for cutting up stuff since we got married over 34 years ago. In fact, our knives now tear stuff more than they cut things. My teeth are […]
Our prayer today, Our Father, is for President-Elect Barack Obama. [Please add your prayers as well.]
“This is a book with the not very catchy title Faith and Doubt, and the most important word in the title is the one in the middle,” so writes John Ortberg in the introduction to his newest book, Faith and […]
Galatians has three sections: autobiography (chps 1-2), theology (3-4) and praxis (5-6). Simplied of course. The opening section of the autobiographical argument for Paul’s gospel has several references to “gospel” and “gospeling”:
A pastor-friend wrote me this letter. He’s asking what are the vocational temptations of a pastor. What tempts them the most as a pastor? [We’re not talking here about sexual temptations, etc.] What are the major temptations of a pastor […]
I make a confession: I don’t like books on leadership. I’m not sure why, but I’ve never found the word “leadership” remotely interesting or evocative of what I do or what I think pastors do. So, when I hear that […]
We turn today to how Paul understands the word “gospel” and I will begin with Galatians, since I think it is the earliest letter of Paul’s. The moment we enter into Paul’s use of “gospel” we also enter into a […]
The name for this blog came from a book I wrote called Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others. That book has one central theme: that Jesus understood the moral life as one made of two loves — loving God and […]
How do you respond to this letter to me? We occasionally get letters that we think would be good for public, civil conversation. This is one of those. The letter is being used by permission and I’m urging you to […]
Another letter, Dear Scot, I know you’re sick to death of this topic, and before writing you I read your entire series again, but I am in a grave quandary over how to vote on Proposition 8, a voter-led initiative […]
On Jesus Creed blog we do a Bible study M-Th and our current series is on the meaning of the word “gospel.” We looked at how the term is used in two Old Testament texts, then at how it is […]
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Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give me grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that I […]
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and […]
Not long ago a package of [evo] coffee arrived on my doorstep. “Evo” coffee means “coffee evolved.” It’s a serious fair trade coffee group in Grand Rapids that … “Evo. It?s coffee?evolved. It?s an upside-down take on the value of […]
Here is a copy of the The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others Jesus Creed in a Taiwan bookstore standing proudly next to Tom Wright’s book. We were sent this picture by Dawn Husnick, whose story (the emergency room act […]
I wonder if this is a Chicagoan peering into the beauties of Liechtenstein… and this Chicagoan gets a feel from a Netherlands shot why it was that Rembrandt could paint so well.